ANN ARBOR –The sweet smell of success will be in the air on Sept. 20 during the Girl Scout Cookie Bake-Off Benefit from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Morris Lawrence Building on the campus of Washtenaw Community College, 4800 East Huron River Drive.
All proceeds from the third annual event will be used to support outreach programs for low-income and at-risk girls living in Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
One of these programs – Girl Scouts Beyond Bars – brings girls together with their mothers who are incarcerated at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility. It is the only program of its kind in Michigan.
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan (GSHOM) works to bring the benefits of Girl Scouting to girls who need it the most, through troops at homeless shelters, schools with high levels of students receiving free and reduced-rate lunches, community centers in low-income neighborhoods, and juvenile hall.
“These are young girls who couldn’t otherwise afford to participate in Girl Scouts,” said Patty Shelly, fund development specialist for GSHOM’s Ann Arbor Regional Center. Funds raised remove financial barriers to participating in all that Girl Scouts has to offer.
“I think that Girl Scouting is great,” wrote Maddie, one of the many girls who took part in the program this past year. “You get the opportunity to learn—and to expand and open up with people.”
Last year’s bake-off raised about $21,000 and helped GSHOM serve more than 200 girls in the Ann Arbor region. This year’s goal is $28,000.
Tickets are $45 each or $325 for a table of eight. The cost covers appetizers, beverages and desserts made with Girl Scout cookies as the main ingredient.
Area chefs select the cookie or cookies they will use to create original dessert creations. Participating chefs include Jeff Basta of Palio’s Restaurant; Lisa DeLong, with the Gandy Dancer; and Glee Havens, with Glee Cake & Pastry. The chefs will be competing against each other for awards and bragging rights.
Carol Hart, CEO of Move Communications, and Jonell Jackson, senior business consultant with Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, will judge the chefs’ culinary wizardry. Participants also will be asked to vote for their favorite entries.
Tyler Crawford of 102.9 FM (W4 Country Radio), will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event.
Jan Barker, CEO for Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, said the bake-off is a delicious way to support the ongoing efforts of the organization.
“We are here to support the girls and help them navigate the challenges of an ever-changing world with programming that is relevant to them,” Barker said. “The need has never been greater.”
For tickets or sponsorship information, call 1-800-497-2688, visit www.girlscoutbakeoff.com or visit the regional center for the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, 1900 Manchester Road, in Ann Arbor.
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan serves more than 20,000 girls and 6,000 adult volunteers in a 34-county region. The organization’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
To learn more about GSHOM, to join, volunteer or donate, visit www.gshom.org, or call 1-800-497-2688.